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Posted by lymewreck36 (Member # 4395) on :
O.K. Guys. I'm very overweight and have been for years.

I've never gotten better with the best treatment offered. But would die without my antibiotics /antimalarials.

I'm wondering is taking off the poundage would help me.

The problem is that as I've gotten older, sicker, and heavier, extreme herxes induce a mixed autoimmune reaction similar to lupus. And it is hell. So now I have to keep my treatment at low dose to prevent the autoimmne response, but it is too low for me to function.

So, would I heal with all these problems including type 2 diabetes?

would be much lighter make me tolerate my meds better and get rid of the autoimmune reaction to herxes?

I'm on a merry go round and life is hell.

Posted by raw vegan runner (Member # 30432) on :
Hopefully someone more knowledgable will answer first reaction would be that taking the weight off will help you regain *health* easier. As far as the herx's go...I have seen some pretty tiny people go through herx's I would not wish on my worst enemy. I am about average ht/wt and my herx's were probably average. I think herxing is an individual thing and there are so many variabes.

Have you been checked for food allergies? How is your detoxing going?
Posted by philly78 (Member # 31069) on :
I work in a hospital that is a bariatric center and we get lots of patients that had gastric bypass.

Since I'm in the ER, I see many patients that have problems. A coworker of mine had it done as well and had problems too, but is fine now. But she was pretty sick for awhile.

I'm not trying to scare you but this is something you would have to think long and hard about. Depending on your weight, you may be asked to diet first and lose some on your own. We also do extensive counseling prior although I'm not sure how it is done at other hospitals.

My brother in law is very heavy and on several meds and is only 34. He asked me what I thought about him getting the surgery and I said no...I thought it was a bad idea.

I am only one person, and my opinion may not matter much but based on what I have seen, I wouldn't recommend this surgery for anyone. JMO and there are people out there who have had success with it and I'm probably biased since I run into all the people with complications.

So sorry you're having such trouble.
Posted by lymewreck36 (Member # 4395) on :
what percentage of people have complications in your view? What kinds are they? Have you seen people die?

I'm considering this new procedure, "the sleeve." It is supposed to have lower risks. They won't do banding here in Switzerland.

don't know how I would take all my meds on such a reduced stomach size and so little food. IT worries me.

Posted by racer (Member # 30438) on :
My sister did gastric bypass before she knew she had lyme. She did great with surgery - needs to make sure of getting enough protein and vitamins due to mal absorption.

Can take pill w/o problem, but you may need more of some. Spread out pills over the day, or put in smoothies (protein/veggie/fruit).
Also can use liquids of some forms where possible.

She feels much better. Our friend was 200 lbs overweight and diabetic. Diabetes typically is resolved within DAYS of the surgery - it is amazing. Def. has some risks though. Go to a good surgeon and good hospital.


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